Challengers of the Unknown Archives #Volume 1

DC Comics

United States

Published
[July] 2003
Page count
176?
Cover price
39.95 USD; 65.95 CAD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/297573

Credits

Editing
Dale Crain (senior editor - collected edition)

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison

Notes

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOL. 1 reprints the original 1950s tales of four death defying adventurers and their impossible and unimaginable exploits. After surviving the crash of a small aircraft, test pilot Ace Morgan, daredevil Red Ryan, heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Davis, and marine scientist Professor Haley unite themselves in a mission to explore the unexplainable for the good of mankind. This beautiful hardcover edition tells the earliest adventurers of these four men of different backgrounds and personalities as they encounter powerful aliens, deadly robots, and creatures of unknown origins. Black-and-white reconstruction on selected interior pages by Rick Keene. Series design by Alex Jay/Studio J. Publication design by Peter Hamboussi. Special thanks to John Morrow for source material.

Show/hide 1. Table of Contents Credits, 2 pages

Featuring

Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley]

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset
Show/hide 2. Foreword (Challengers of the Unknown) Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]

Credits

Script
Paul Kupperberg
Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
typeset

Notes

Introduction by Paul Kupperberg

Show/hide 3. Cover - Showcase #6 (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #6 (January-February 1957)

Notes

First appearance of the Challengers of the Unknown. According to Joe Simon and Jack Kirby historians, Jack Kirby brought the proposal for the Challengers to DC. DC bought the concept and folded it into Showcase. Yet the DC Archive cites Dave Wood as the writer. So did Dave Wood rewrite Jack Kirby's dialogue?

Show/hide 4. The Secret of the Sorcerer's Box [Chapter 1] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis] (first appearance; origin); VILLAIN: Mr. Morelian (first appearance; dies)

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby (plot, script)
Dave Wood (script rewrite)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #6 (January-February 1957)

Synopsis

Origin and introduction of the Challengers of the Unknown.

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories. Letters credit from Rodrigo Baeza via the editor e-mail list on March 5, 2007.

Show/hide 5. Dragon Seed [Chapter 2] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby (plot, script)
Dave Wood (script rewrite)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #6 (January-February 1957)

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories. Letters credit from Rodrigo Baeza via the editor e-mail list on March 5, 2007.

Show/hide 6. The Freezing Sun [Chapter 3] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby (plot, script)
Dave Wood (script rewrite)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #6 (January-February 1957)

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories. Letters credit from Rodrigo Baeza via the editor e-mail list on March 5, 2007.

Show/hide 7. The Whirling Weaver [Chapter 4] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby (plot, script)
Dave Wood (script rewrite)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #6 (January-February 1957)

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories. Letters credit from Rodrigo Baeza via the editor e-mail list on March 5, 2007.

Show/hide 8. [Cover - Showcase #7]; ULTIVAC is Loose! (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; June Robbins; ULTIVAC

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #7 (March-April 1957)
Show/hide 9. ULTIVAC Is Loose! [Chapter 1] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; June Robbins (first appearance); Felix Hesse (first appearance); ULTIVAC (first appearance)

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #7 (March-April 1957)
ULTIVAC Is Loose!
Also printed
Australia
All Favourites, The 100-Page Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #4 ([February 1958?])
Ultivac Is Loose Part 2: A Challenger Must Die Part 3: The Fearful Millions Part 4: The Fatal Prediction
 
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1958 series) #75 (August-September 1970)
Ultivac Is Loose!
 
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #82 ([January 1971?])
ULTIVAC Is Loose! [Chapter One]
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
Ultivac is Loose!
From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #7 (March-April 1957)

Notes

The name ULTIVAC is derived from UNIVAC, considered the first computer. Marvin Stien listed as inker in DC Archive, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 10. Chapter 2: A Challenger Must Die! (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #7 (March-April 1957)

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 11. Chapter 3: The Fearful Millions (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #7 (March-April 1957)

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 12. Chapter 4: The Fatal Prediction (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #7 (March-April 1957)

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 13. [Cover - Showcase #11]; The Day the Earth Blew Up! (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; General Tolek

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)
Show/hide 14. The Day the Earth Blew Up [Chapter 1] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professpr Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; Carl Jackson; Warren Moss; Commander Lockwood; Colonel Price. VILLAINS: General Tolek; Garnat; other Tyrans

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Bruno Premiani
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)
The Day the Earth Blew Up
Also printed
Australia
Mighty The 100-Page Comic! (Colour Comics, 1957 series) #3 ([January 1958?])
The Day the Earth Blew Up
 
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1973 series) #80 (June-July 1973)
The Day The Earth Blew Up
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1974 series) #109 ([May 1974?])
The Day Earth Blew Up [Chapter 1]
 
United States
The Essential Showcase 1956-1959 (DC, 1992 series) ([November] 1992)
The Day the Earth Blew Up
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
The Day the Earth Blew Up
From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)

Synopsis

At the Pentagon, Navy officers and scientists are stumped. Two scientists mysteriously disappeared in Antarctica. They call in "men capable of handling the unknown". Ace takes the call. He, Rocky, and Red fly. They'll pick up Prof along the way. Off New Guinea, Prof is astounded to find a volcano rising from the sea bed. In the Antarctic, the Challengers snow-tractor toward the mystery spot. The tractor bogs in a snowstorm and needs repairs. Ace and Rocky explore and fall through thin ice! They land on a futuristic bridge. Above, Prof and Red are captured by skinny orange aliens in bubble-suits.

Show/hide 15. The Tyrans [Chapter 2] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Bruno Premiani
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)
The Tyrans
Printed in
Australia
Mighty The 100-Page Comic! (Colour Comics, 1957 series) #3 ([January 1958?])
The Tyrans: Chapter Two
Also printed
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1973 series) #80 (June-July 1973)
Chapter Two: The Tyrans
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1974 series) #109 ([May 1974?])
The Tyrans Chapter Two
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
The Tyrans [Chapter Two]
From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)

Synopsis

Prisoners, two Challengers are dropped down a miles-deep airlift. Ace and Rocky find an airshaft and search for miles. The gravity is lighter and they half-float. Finally they reach a vast underground super-city of aliens - with an army ready for invasion! Ace tries to capture a sentry, but the alien anticipates his every move with its computer-like mind. All four Challs are imprisoned with the missing scientists. The aliens are planting charges all over the world to blow away chunks and reduce Earth's mass, so they can live comfortably among enslaved humans. They've conquered whole galaxies this way. Prof realizes the undersea volcano was a test. The Challengers think frantically. How to outwit the aliens? Their super-brains must need rest. Catch one half-asleep and...

Show/hide 16. The Thing That Came Out of the Sea [Chapter 3] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Bruno Premiani
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)
The Thing That Came Out of the Sea
Printed in
Australia
Mighty The 100-Page Comic! (Colour Comics, 1957 series) #3 ([January 1958?])
The Thing That Came Out of the Sea: Chapter Three
Also printed
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1973 series) #80 (June-July 1973)
Chapter Three: The Thing That Came Out of the Sea
 
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1973 series) #80 (June-July 1973)
The Thing That Came Out of the Sea
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1974 series) #109 ([May 1974?])
The Thing That Came Out of the Sea Chapter Three
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
The Thing That Came Out of the Sea [Chapter Three]
From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)"

Synopsis

The Challengers summon an alien during the night and succeed in hypnotizing them. The docile alien leads them out a secret panel to a gravity control room. The Challengers crank the gravity high, pinning the aliens to the ground. How to escape? The aliens use "electronic transmission". Ace and Rocky will try to destroy the main detonator from this end. Prof and Red teleport to Washington to alert the military. Prof is given a wearable minisub and torpedo-dives to dismantle one planet-cracking bomb. The Air Force and Navy arrive off Antarctica and shell the hell out of the Tyrans' invasion force. Underground, Ace and Rocky and the two scientists flee a gas attack and gun-cars. One scientist remembers the power comes from a core tap. Cranking a valve brings raging heat that crisps aliens and slags the bomb detonator. Meanwhile, in the Pacific, a wild claw-machine erupts from the ocean to attack the Navy.

Show/hide 17. One Minute to Doom [Chapter 4] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure

Credits

Script
Dave Wood
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Bruno Premiani
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)
One Minute to Doom
Printed in
Australia
Mighty The 100-Page Comic! (Colour Comics, 1957 series) #3 ([January 1958?])
One Minute To Doom: Chapter Four
Also printed
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1973 series) #80 (June-July 1973)
Chapter Four: One Minute To Doom
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1974 series) #109 ([May 1974?])
One Minute to Doom Chapter Four
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
One Minute to Doom [Chapter Four]
From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #11 (November-December 1957)

Synopsis

On the Pacific island, Red sprays a new secret chemical weapon, a corrosive gas that eats the machine. Soon Ace leads a fleet of bombers to pound what's left of the alien base, and the menace is over. Their only casualty is Prof, who caught a cold diving off the South Pole!

Show/hide 18. [Cover - Showcase #12]; Menace of the Ancient Vials (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #12 (January-February 1958)
Show/hide 19. Menace of the Ancient Vials [Chapter 1] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages
Show/hide 20. The Fire Being [Chapter 2] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages
Show/hide 21. Demon from the Depths [Chapter 3] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages
Show/hide 22. The Deadly Duplicates [Chapter 4] (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 6 pages
Show/hide 23. [Cover - Challengers of the Unknown #1]; The Human Pets! (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (DC, 1958 series) #1 (April-May 1958)

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 24. Challengers of the Unknown (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby ?
Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (DC, 1958 series) #1 (April-May 1958)

Notes

One page origin of the Challengers of the Unknown.

Show/hide 25. The Man Who Tampered With Infinity (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; June Robbins (called June Walker); Olan Tagorian

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (DC, 1958 series) #1 (April-May 1958)

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 26. The Human Pets (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1958 series) #1 (April-May 1958)
The Human Pets
Also printed
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1974 series) #105 ([January 1974?])
The Human Pets
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
The Human Pets
From GCD
from CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (DC, 1958 series) #1 (April-May 1958)

Synopsis

An alien boys captures the Challengers and treats them like pets.

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 27. [Cover - Challengers of the Unknown #2]; The Monster Maker! (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby ?
Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

From GCD
from CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (DC, 1958 series) #2 (June-July 1958)

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 28. The Traitorous Challenger (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; June Robbins (called June Walker); Digger Bill; An atomic beast.

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1958 series) #2 (June-July 1958)
The Traitorous Challenger
Printed in
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #28 ([January 1959?])
The Traitorous Challenger
Also printed
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1958 series) #76 (October-November 1970)
The Traitorous Challenger
 
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #83 ([March 1971?])
The Traitorous Challenger
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
The Traitorous Challenger
From GCD
from CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (DC, 1958 series) #2 (June-July 1958)

Synopsis

A prospector uncovers a monster, an indestructible one-eyed walking box that tramples villages. The Challengers's weapons don't make a dent. And June mysteriously sabotages their efforts! Prof finally guesses the monster's one eye is solar-powered. Pursued until sunset, the monster expires. June had run a computer program that predicted the Challengers would die, hence her sabotage. But her efforts changed the equation, so she saved the day!

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 29. The Monster Maker (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; Dr. Hascomb; Roc

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby?
Roz Kirby (blacks)
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1958 series) #2 (June-July 1958)
The Monster Maker
Also printed
Australia
Mighty The 100-Page Comic! (Colour Comics, 1957 series) #9 ([January 1959?])
The Monster Maker
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (KG Murray, 1974 series) #111 ([July 1974?])
The Monster Maker
 
Australia
Super Heroes Album (Murray, 1977 series) #12 ([April 1979])
The Monster Maker
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
The Monster Maker
From GCD
from CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (DC, 1958 series) #2 (June-July 1958)

Synopsis

The Challengers pursue Roc, a would-be conqueror. Using "mind over matter", Roc runs them off by mentally conjuring a giant ape and missile. Fighting fire with fire, the scientist who created the mind-over-matter machine gives Ace similar powers. They battle with a conjured dragon, knight, giant vacuum cleaner, mirrors, and more. Finally Ace uses spinning circles to hypnotize and capture Roc.

Notes

Marvin Stein listed as inker in DC Archive credits, but per Stein's conversations with Greg Theakston, he did not ink any Challengers stories.

Show/hide 30. Biographies Biography (nonfictional), 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Fact

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Biographies for Jack Kirby, Roz Kirby, George Klein, Bruno Premiani, Marvin Stein and Dave Wood.

Show/hide 31. Backcover (Challengers of the Unknown) Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Professor Haley; Red Ryan; Rocky Davis]; June Robbins; ULTIVAC

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby
Colours
Jamison (color reconstruction)
Editing
Jack Schiff (original editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #6 [cover]
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #7 [cover]
from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #11 [cover]
from CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (DC, 1958 series) #1 [cover]

Notes

Reprints covers from SHOWCASE (DC, 1956 series) #6, 7, 11; CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (DC, 1958 series) #1


Notes

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN ARCHIVES VOL. 1 reprints the original 1950s tales of four death defying adventurers and their impossible and unimaginable exploits. After surviving the crash of a small aircraft, test pilot Ace Morgan, daredevil Red Ryan, heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Davis, and marine scientist Professor Haley unite themselves in a mission to explore the unexplainable for the good of mankind. This beautiful hardcover edition tells the earliest adventurers of these four men of different backgrounds and personalities as they encounter powerful aliens, deadly robots, and creatures of unknown origins. Black-and-white reconstruction on selected interior pages by Rick Keene. Series design by Alex Jay/Studio J. Publication design by Peter Hamboussi. Special thanks to John Morrow for source material.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 33875

Entry created

  • 16/09/2007

Index completed

  • 21/05/2011

Last updated

  • 11/08/2011